Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Canada pledges 'necessary action' to ensure Trans Mountain pipeline

Canada pledges 'necessary action' to ensure Trans Mountain pipeline

During a news conference Monday, she pointed to his election promise a year ago to use "every tool in the toolbox" to stop the expansion of the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline that would pump more of Alberta's oilsands bitumen to the West Coast for shipment overseas.

Notley said she will give the feds a little more time to resolve the issue, but not too much.

Ms. Notley and oil industry supporters have urged Mr. Trudeau to spell out clearly how he intends to respond to B.C.'s proposed regulations.

In November, 2016, the federal government gave the green light to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

"If the Prime Minister wants to get into a fight with premiers, the one worth getting into is the one over Kinder Morgan", she said.

The Trans Mountain proposal would result in an estimated sevenfold increase in tanker traffic along B.C.'s heavily populated South Coast.

"All I will say is there are other tools that we have at our disposal that will turn the temperature up or the volume up more than we have", Notley said Monday.

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The latest salvo by Rachel Notley and her Alberta provincial government in their inter-governmental battle with the B.C. government over Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline is an online petition.

She said her government will assess signals out of B.C. and Ottawa each day as it figures out its next steps in the ongoing dispute.

In 2017, Alberta imported about 17.2 million bottles of wine from B.C., Notley said.

Horgan has said that B.C. won't retaliate by banning any Alberta products. "It's time to allow the democratic representatives of Albertans have their say, and to show the rest of Canada that we are united in the defence of our jobs and economy". They hate pipelines as much as the B.C. NDP.

"I'm suggesting that it should be a toolbox that's legal, not a stolen toolbox, (not) a toolbox that belongs to a different level of government", said Notley.

"We've got a premier who flew back from Asia to try to convince the Asian communities that a final investment decision is warranted on B.C. LNG (liquefied natural gas)", Black said.

Ottawa has already approved the expansion, and Notley says the project is desperately needed so that Alberta can get better prices for its oil.

"The overarching theme here is that BC is not open for business, the goal posts are no longer understandable and people just won't invest here and I think Horgan needs to be very cautious on how he moves forward on this".

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